DOXA Announces New Executive Director

DOXA Announces New Executive Director

DOXA is very happy to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director 

Kathleen Mullen. Kathleen has worked in the film world for the past twenty years, and is returning to 

Vancouver from Toronto, where she has been based for the previous 16 years.

She started her career in Vancouver at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Travelling Canadian 

Film Festival, and Out on Screen in the mid-90s. She has worked as a film programmer at Hot Docs, 

Toronto International Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Provincetown International Film 

Festival. She was the Artistic Director at Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival for three years, 

and the Director of Programming at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival for 5 years. Most recently 

she was the Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. She has been on the board of the 

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and Images Festival of Independent Film and 

Video. Kathleen has a Master of Arts from Carleton University and a Master of Fine Arts from York 

University in Film Production. She is an independent filmmaker of short films. She made the award-

winning documentary Breathtaking. Her latest film Sundowning is being released in 2016. 

“We are pleased to introduce Kathleen Mullen as our new Executive Director for DOXA,” says Board 

Chair Sonia Fraser. “Kathleen, with her positive energy, leadership skills and attention to detail, brings 

two decades worth of experience in both film and festival work. She has been tirelessly dedicated to the 

documentary genre and believes in delivering a balanced, inclusive and quality festival. She will be a 

great asset to our talented DOXA team and comes to us during a time of challenging, but exciting 

growth for the organization.” 

Kathleen takes over from Kenji Maeda, who has been DOXA’s Executive Director since 2012. We have 

been fortunate to have Kenji build on our governance and organizational needs as DOXA has 

continued to progress. We will deeply miss Kenji, who has been an important part of the Festival’s 

growth and development. We wish Kenji well in his new endeavours and look forward to seeing him, as 

a friend and patron at future DOXA events.

photo by: Karin Hazé